Zoo Atlanta gorilla center reopens after repairs

ATLANTA (AP) - Zoo Atlanta's gorilla conservation center, closed when a gorilla charged at a glass barrier and cracked it, is open again to the public.

Zoo officials say a 20-year-old silverback gorilla called Taz damaged the specially designed glass wall on June 14. All staff and visitors were immediately evacuated and the gorillas were put in their overnight holding area, which is closed off from the public.

Hines says zookeepers believe Taz was upset over a medical exam he underwent the previous day and his temper flared when he saw veterinarians inside the public viewing area at the gorilla exhibit.

She says the gorilla area is designed with a moat barrier and electric wire between the yard and where visitors stand.

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